Netflix has finally given us some idea of how its original programming will work on the Watch Instantly service with today's announcement regarding Lilyhammer.
There have been multiple announcements coming from Netflix over the past few months about its slate of original programming, but little to no information about how one could consume it. Would it be released at a rate of one episode per week like traditional television does? Would all the episodes be released at once? We just had no clue. With the announcement of the premiere of Lilyhammer on February 8, we finally know it will be the latter.
The first season of Lilyhammer consists of eight episodes and you will be able to watch all of them as of February 8. This is a definite departure from the way television series have been consumed in the past, and speaks more to those who prefer to sit down with a complete season of a show on DVD and watch it at their own pace. The press release, which you can see in full below, doesn't state if this will be the norm for other series Netflix plans to release like House of Cards or the revived Arrested Development, or a one-time situation. Our feeling, however, is that this will be the way the company will do such releases going forward.
What do you think? Is this the way you would prefer to watch a season of a series?
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Jan. 3, 2012 — "Lilyhammer," a gripping fish-out-of-water story set in Norway and starring "The Sopranos" mainstay and E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, is a new Original Series premiering on Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) to watch instantly on February 6, 2012 in the USA, Canada and Latin America.
"Lilyhammer," follows New York mobster Frank "The Fixer" Tagliano as he enters the federal witness protection program after ratting on his boss. A sports fan, Frank wants to make his new life in Lillehammer, the Norwegian town that hosted the 1994 Winter Olympics – or as he calls it "Lilyhammer." Frank has visions of a paradise of "clean air, fresh white snow and gorgeous broads" far away from the temptations of the Big Apple and from mob hit men. Reality, of course, turns out to be spectacularly different.
All eight first season episodes of "Lilyhammer" will be available on February 6 so Netflix members can enjoy the series by streaming over the Internet to connected TVs, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones.
"Lilyhammer" is a well-observed, funny and occasionally brutal story of culture clash, focused on Stevie's inimitable portrayal of an East Coast mobster," said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos. "We're proud to introduce this terrific Original Series exclusively to our members. If you love the first episode, there is no need to wait until next week, or to set a DVR, to catch the next one."
"I am very careful with my choices and this project was so exciting to me because of the wonderful writing, the rich characters and the fascinating culture of Norway," said Steven Van Zandt, Executive Producer. "Netflix is the perfect home for such a unique show."
"Lilyhammer" was developed by Rubicon TV AS (creator, Anne Bjornstad & Eilif Skodvin). The Writers on the Show include Anne Bjornstad, Eilif Skodvin and Steven Van Zandt. Producers include Trond Berg Nilsen and Agnete Thuland. Executive Producers include Lasse Hallberg & Steven Van Zandt. The series is a production by Rubicon TV AS.